CT Beardsley Zoo Announces Zoo Photo Exhibit Winners


The Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut is proud to announce the winners of its fourth non-juried photography exhibition, “Photography Goes Wild”. Over 100 photos were submitted by the Zoo’s many dedicated amateur and professional photographers, and hundreds of votes were received online for a People’s Choice winner. This year, a youth category was included for the first time, for children 16 and under.

Photographers were invited to submit up to three photos of animals from the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut, from the current year or from previous years. The judges were Jesse Thompson, co-owner of Milford Photo; Roger Salls, owner of Roger Salls Photography; and Jack Bradley, zoo volunteer and instructor of zoo courses in wildlife photography. The judge for the youth category was Ashlie Steinau of Ashlie Steinau Photography.

The photography exhibition’s sponsor, Milford Photo, provided the first, second and third prizes and the youth prizes in the form of gift certificates to the store. Additionally, a People’s Choice Award was selected, based on $1 votes from the public. There was also a Zoo Director’s Choice, with Gregg Dancho selecting his favorite photo.

The winners are:

First place: “A Little Koi Magic” by Sue Cohen of Stamford (Koi fish)

Second place: “Lend a Helping Hand” by Robyn Abrams of Newtown (close-up)

Third place: “Snowy Wolf” by Cassandra Schellhas of Stratford (wolf)

Youth Winner: “Chillin’ on My Cliff” by Paul Zello of West Haven (Amur Leopard)

Honorable mentions:

“Kung Fu Prairie Dogs” by Lexi Crocco of Orange

“Company Portrait” by Linda Piddington of Monroe

“Summertime Snack” by Samantha DeMarco of Milford

People’s choice:

“Glamour Tiger” by Lexi Crocco of Orange

“Speak No Evil” by Samantha DeMarco of Milford

Zoo Director’s Choice:

“Peek A Boo” by Ellie Piddington of Monroe

“Art is a natural way for people to express their love of animals and their appreciation of nature,” zoo director Gregg Dancho said. “The Photography Goes Wild exhibit helps showcase the amazing diversity of species at the zoo and hopefully encourages people to focus on preserving wild habitats and conserving animals in new ways.”

Milford Photo co-owner Jesse Thompson said: “Partnering with the zoo has been great in giving area photographers a fun place to take pictures and display their work. Milford Photo looks forward to more events at the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut.

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